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Noisy DVR

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by 420benz, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Jan 1, 2013 #1 of 11
    420benz

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    Do I need a replacement or will the noise go away?
     
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    The Merg

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    Depends on what the noise is... If it appears to be the fan, you can try blowing some compressed air in there to clean it out. If it is the hard drive, then there is a chance the hard drive is starting to fail and in that case you would want to get a replacement. The difficulty in the latter case though is that DirecTV will most likely not replace it just because it is noisy and there is no actual visual indication that the receiver is failing.

    - Merg
     
  3. Jan 1, 2013 #3 of 11
    dpeters11

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    If you go into settings, info and test, more system info, what is your temp?

    It's not high enough that its detecting overheating to a dangerous level, but might point to a fan running.
     
  4. Jan 2, 2013 #4 of 11
    420benz

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    109f
     
  5. Jan 2, 2013 #5 of 11
    P Smith

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    good temp, that means the fan is running OK, but it wouldn't tell us if it make the noise or not
     
  6. Jan 2, 2013 #6 of 11
    TDK1044

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    I used to have a very noisy HR24....I had three, but only one was noisy. It became an issue on that box when the fan was unable to cool the device and it exceeded the recommended safety limits. D* had me ship it to their technical department in El Segundo, CA for assesment, and they sent me a new device which worked perfectly. :)
     
  7. Jan 2, 2013 #7 of 11
    jimmie57

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    The fan is at the edge of the case. The hard drive is further inside the case and usually makes a different sound than a fan would.
    If you have a stethoscope you can pinpoint where the noise is coming from. If not, use the core from a roll of paper towels to try to see where it is coming from.
    Earlier advice about blowing the fan off with air is good. You can also stick a vacuum hose to the vents on the unit and try to get the dust out.
    If the fan is making the noise it will stop one day and then the unit will overheat. There would be no doubt where the noise is coming from at that point.

    Noises don't usually go away by themselves. They usually need some attention.
    If you can hear it from several feet away there is definitely a problem and probably needs to be replaced.
     
  8. Jan 2, 2013 #8 of 11
    Rich

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    Not on the 24s. The fans are nearer the HDD on the HDD side of the PS.
     
  9. Jan 2, 2013 #9 of 11
    Rich

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    Can you describe the noise? Does it sound like "chattering"? Oddly, with all the HRs I've had, I've never had a noisy fan. Easy to replace, tho. Just one connector and the fan slides in and out of its bracket on the 24-500s and the 24-100s. Don't remember how the fan is secured in the 24-200s, haven't had one of them opened since the HRs were first introduced (yes, it was owned).

    If you're hearing a dull clunking sound it's the HDD.

    Rich
     
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    You could also put an external drive on the HR, that usually quiets a noisy internal HDD down.

    Rich
     
  11. 420benz

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    Left unplugged over night and the noise went away [for now]
    Thanks for all of the info.
     

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